Kick off the Christmas season in Ogden Saturday

Friday , November 24, 2017 - 5:00 AM

Standard-Examiner staff

The Christmas season officially arrives in Ogden Saturday, Nov. 25 with the annual Utah Santa Run, Holiday Electric Light Parade and the Christmas Village lighting ceremony and fireworks. All events, except the Santa Run, are free. Below are details of all the events.


The annual 5K run requires participants to dress as Santa Claus and begins at 4:30 p.m. near 22nd Street and Washington Boulevard. Registration is $36.50-$46.50, with various discounts available, and includes a Santa hat, beard, jacket, pants and belt. Same-day registration is available but prices go up.

Keeping with the theme of the evening, the race features milk-and-cookie aid stations as well as volunteers dressed as elves.

For more information on the Utah Santa Run, visit or call 801-335-4940.


The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at 22nd Street and Washington Boulevard. The event, featuring dozens of floats lit up for the nighttime parade, will continue south on Washington to 27th Street.

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Immediately following the parade, at about 6:30 p.m., the official Christmas Village lighting ceremony takes place in the Ogden Amphitheater, 343 Historic 25th St. Along with Santa, flipping the switch to illuminate the lights this year will be Make-a-Wish child Casey Spaulding, of Ogden. The 5-year-old boy has a form of Muscular Dystrophy.

The theme for this year’s Christmas Village is “Let’s Get Crack’n.” Fireworks will follow the ceremony.

Christmas Village will be open daily through Jan. 1. Santa will greet children 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays until Dec. 23.

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